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Pandora Hearts パンドラハーツ 1 (Pandora Hearts #1)

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四大公爵家ベザリウス家の次期当主・オズ=ベザリウスは、15歳の成人の儀の最中に身に覚えのない罪によって、闇の監獄・アヴィスへと堕とされる。アヴィスの中に閉じ込められた彼はそこで「血染めの黒うさぎ(ビーラビット)」と呼ばれるチェインのアリスと出会い、彼女と契約を交わすことでアヴィスから脱出することに成功するが…。
Paperback, 171 pages
Published November 27th 2006 by スクウェア・エニックス (first published January 1st 2006)
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Amy Keeley
Jul 30, 2012 Amy Keeley rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of complex plot, complex characters, surreal worlds
Shelves: manga
I cannot begin to describe how amazing this series is. But because you probably want to know why I gave this series five stars, I'll try.

First, the artwork is gorgeous. Whether it's an action scene, an emotional moment, or horror and madness, the artwork always delivers. Though the comic relief isn't as frequent as some other series, it's well done. What could have easily been jarring flows just as well as the rest of the plot.

As for the story, I have never seen a more twisted take on Alice in W
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Serena
When I first started reading this book, my friend Chloe (who reccommended it to me) told me that "Everything I believed was true was in fact wrong."
I'm sure there was more capslock in there. Regardless, back when I started this specific volume I had no idea of how much that would prove to be absolutely correct.
I knew nothing.
Because of this, I spent half of my time reading this manga going "What the fuck is going on?"
And yet, even though everything was completely confusing for 60+ chapters (sorr
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Nərmin
Jul 30, 2016 Nərmin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of complex fantasy world
Recommended to Nərmin by: Argona
First review
Wow..It was a tough ride..
The story was complex and characters were interesting.. I liked Oz, and of course Alice )) I want to dive in this manga and find answers..
The story gave me ideas about my own story...
And I hope the artwork gets better too..
Overall, 5 complex stars!
Second review : Review of all series
4.91
I remember the first time I got the first volume in my hands. BEST. DECISION. OF. MY. LIFE. I didn't expect this kind of complex and beautifully crafted story-line. I di
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Sydney
Jul 12, 2016 Sydney rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sydney by: Chiara (delicate eternity)
Shelves: manga
3.5 stars
I actually really enjoyed this despite occasional confusion (but mostly near the end). With Alice in Wonderland influences, PandoraHearts is right up my alley. It's about a boy named Oz who, during a coming-of-age ceremony, is thrown into what's known as the Abyss. There he meets a strange girl and finds out everything is a little...different than he'd originally thought.

The art for this series is fantastic, and I really enjoyed the details. Makes me wish I had it in full color! (Though
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Mary
"Your sin...is your very being.


After seeing this series constantly mentioned on Youtube, Goodreads and by friends, I decided why the heck not? Then I saw the price. $13!? For each volume? And guess how many there are? (Japanese set was all I could find to show you.)


And that's not even all of them! It's ongoing so, naturally, one would run to the plentiful garden of scanlations!!!! Except, I don't read scanlations anymore. After reading about how little these mangaka's make, especially if they a
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Kate
Jul 30, 2012 Kate rated it it was amazing
I've been having neck pain lately, which keeps me up at night. So, I decided what better way to divert myself than by rereading a most excellent manga series?

Pandora Hearts is one of those series that I knew I would love once I gave it the time it was due. It's complex, both in plot and the way the story unfolds. It's easy to get lost between volumes (when you're waiting months in between releases). What makes it great, though, is that it's a really wonderful series for rereading. You simply can
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ManiacalBookUnicorn
"Those who come to the Abyss are all the same. They're all desperate to get something back. But everyone goes mad partway..."



See, I really, really don’t understand how an author, mangaka, f-ing story writing genius, can immerse readers in something so gloriously messed up, beautiful, emo, crazy, funny, deep, and downright strange like it's nothing. More than just a few times I laughed out loud and shook my head thinking: psshh, that’s absolutely ridiculous and stupid, then turned the page only t
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Kiki
Aug 05, 2012 Kiki marked it as to-read
Has everyone read this but me?
the scarecrow
Mar 06, 2013 the scarecrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to the scarecrow by: Palice
Comments are like crack, so please support my addiction here.

Having finished volume 1, I only have one major thought - what the bloody hell is going on?

This is the second time I'm reading this. The first time I read it was directly after reading Dogs and it really altered the way I digested this volume. The second time was right after reviewing Soul Eater, and we all know how that review went, so my second reading of this volume was a lot more favourable than my earlier opinion of it.

Before I go
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Sophia
Jan 21, 2013 Sophia rated it it was amazing
Ok, I first came across this series when I had become up to date with another. I was scrolling down the 'Popular Manga' list and then I saw it. The first thing that got me was the cover. The art on the title page was quite pretty so I decided I'd give it a try. When I first tried reading it, I was sort of confused so I abandoned it for a while. About 4 months later, for lack of anything better to do I tried it again...

BEST.

DECISION.

I.

EVER.

MADE.

IN.

MY.

LIFE.

Although the 1st volume is a tad confusin
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Sesana
I don't think this one is for me. I get why other people would like it, and there's nothing in here that's bad on the surface. It just does absolutely nothing for me. I don't care about the characters or plot so far, and the art isn't good, unique, and/or interesting enough to pull me in despite myself. I've heard that it gets better as it goes, but I just don't care.
Gabriella Alaniz
Jan 10, 2016 Gabriella Alaniz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has to be one of the best first volumes of a series I've read. I can't wait to read the rest of the volumes.
Josiemaus85
War leider nicht so überzeugend...
Kseniia
Jul 11, 2015 Kseniia rated it it was amazing
Твоя взяла, Настя. Я буду читать ее дальше, ибо ин-те-ре-сно!
Isabella
Sep 12, 2013 Isabella rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who can smile
Recommended to Isabella by: My sister
First, just let me say that I'm not a fan of manga. I don't hate it, and I'm really glad that some people enjoy it. So, when my sister recommended this to me, I thought, Alright, I'll give it a try to make her happy. Fast-forward two days, and I'm reading the seventh book in the series, biting my nails as I dread the moment when I reach the end.

I just adore the characters, and some of the scenery is very pretty; there is good art in it, even if you don't like anime. The story is long and awesome
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Sasha
Jan 02, 2015 Sasha rated it liked it
Shelves: reto-2015, mangas
Leído para el 2015 Reading Challenge #40. Una novela gráfica.

3,5

Un inicio prometedor, pese a algunos instantes incongruentes que encontré (view spoiler).

Los personajes me gustaron. Tienen esa chispa que los hace únicos y especiales. Especialmente, Oz, e
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Julie
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I have read the printed version now and I think I might have a better handle on things but I don't remember how confused I was last time and I'm still slightly confused now. However, it was still an enjoyable read so I've upped my earlier rating slightly and I look forward to the next volume. I haven't removed my earlier review because I believe it still applies here so I shall just leave it be.

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According to other reviewers, this volume is nothing like the rest and
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Eris Vianney
Jun 22, 2014 Eris Vianney rated it liked it
3.5 killer wabbits

Well, I'm very confused. Some of the scenes, especially the ones in the Abyss, were hard to follow, but I figured out from the following panels what the end results were. Even though I have only a flimsy grasp of what is going on, I am intrigued! I'll keep on reading. ^_^

And Raven looks pretty cute, gotta say.
Cassandra
I found this first volume very interesting and a lot of stuff happened in about 192 pages. I don't really know what's going on yet (but hopefully it gets explained later).

The characters and setting remind me of Black Butler, which is a series that I adore! Gilbert is probably my favourite so far...
Andre
I found myself groaning way too often when reading this.

The story and basic premise are not the problem, not terribly original but still a good idea, even if a bit over the top(view spoiler).
And that the book basically throws one plot point and "twist" (a term I use very loosely here) is also not the problem. I saw that before and it wo
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Sarah Hayes
Mar 02, 2011 Sarah Hayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga-lns-misc
Originally posted here at Anime Radius.

Despite being a colorful hodge-podge collection of bits and pieces from different sources like Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz among others, Pandora Hearts has a style and story that is very much its own. What starts out as an innocently humorous romp through an overgrown castle turns into a literal tumble through the rabbit-hole into the world of the Abyss and a brand new destiny for one Oz Vessalius. Oz is an arrogant little scamp who makes a sur
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Despair Speaking
Oct 01, 2012 Despair Speaking rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The beginning was a very good one. It caught my attention immediately and I like the idea of the Abyss. I didn't really understand much (I get confused at times) in this volume although I had a feeling PH is worth reading more about.

Oz is the heir to the Vessalius House, one of the Four Dukedoms in this fictional world. He is about to have his coming-of-age ceremony (he's fifteen now) and he asks his servant and close friend Gilbert to go to the ceremony with him. Gilbert refuses and they get in
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Morel Dei
Nov 15, 2014 Morel Dei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!

Pandora Hearts has Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as the plot's reference, thus madness and nonsense are to be expected. But this story is more than a Wonderland-inspired, dark Victorian/Steampunk adventure of a mysterious, young boy named Oz. This story is complex, and the unraveling of the past's secrets affirms that ignorance is bliss.

This manga series starts off as a tale that is sinister and comedic, then things will make no sense, and continue to do so for a very long, long time. Confus
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Annabelle
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Selena
Much like D.Gray-Man, I picked up the first volume knowing absolutely nothing about it. And just like D.Gray-Man, I can't quite put my finger on just what is so awesome about this. It's so good, but I don't know just what it is I like about it.

I'm going to guess it's the characters. Oz is a goofy kid who gets flung into a strange and dangerous world of magic and monsters. I love these kinds of characters. Oz is a case of a normal person getting involved in chaotic situations through an action th
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Miranda Williams
I chose to read this book because I love Black butler, which is similar to this. The plot of the story is a boy named Oz Vessalius is cast into another dimension called the 'Abyss' where he meets a 'chain' called B-Rabbit(a.k.a Alice). Oz, in order to escape the Abyss, made a contract with Alice, who wishes to find her memories, and Oz wishes to find out what his 'sin' was for being thrown into the Abyss. My favorite quote in the book was, "Even though there are lots of things I don't ...more
Mal
Apr 06, 2015 Mal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, manga-graphic
Do you know Gil was supposed
to be the main character?


Difficult to believe that this could go unliked - by any means. I had always liked the idea of this particular manga, though. You see my cousin showed me the anime first. However as interesting as it was the obsessive tendencies I hold mooned over it for very short periods of time, and by the time she had gone I simply wouldn't keep up with it any longer. I lacked drive or motive at that pointing my life. Despite wishing I had been able
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Jody Mena
This is great! Very gothic-lolita, with a dark and wonderfully twisted Alice in Wonderland theme. The artwork is enchanting, a great balance between beautiful flowing lines and grotesque and disturbing imagery. I liked the designs of the various Chains, especially the Mad Baby, and the broken-toy ambiance of the Abyss. I can also tell that I'm going to grow to adore Xerxes Break, probably this series equivalent of the Mad Hatter, he seems the type to have a friendly smile and polite word for ...more
Ally
Jun 25, 2013 Ally rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, read-in-2013
Hmm...I'm both intrigued and a little confused about what's going on here. The premise seems interesting, although it isn't completely developed yet. It reminds me a bit of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles in that there is a search for memories involved. But Alice seems much more intense and able to take care of her self than Sakura.

The characters are interesting and pretty funny so far. I can't wait to really get to the heart of their motivations and understand how they are all connected to one ano
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Laurel
Jul 14, 2012 Laurel rated it really liked it
Recommended to Laurel by: P.
Shelves: manga, super-shonen
Definitely an interesting start. I couldn't help but giggle at the fact that there are Contractors and a research group called Pandora in this series just like the Darker than Black anime.
Both are completely different stories regardless, and I also got this strange Wonderland vibe from these first few chapters. That might just be me though.
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MOOOOOOOOORE.

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I haven't picked up a solid copy of a manga since Pretty Face.
o-o

This is sad.
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Jun Mochizuki (望月淳 Mochizuki Jun) is a Japanese comic artist (manga-ka), best known for the fantasy shounen series Pandora Hearts/パンドラハーツ.
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